Saturday, September 30, 2023

US Plans to Deploy Armed Personnel on Commercial Ships in Strait of Hormuz

The United States is considering a plan to deploy armed personnel on commercial ships traveling through the Strait of Hormuz, in an effort to deter Iran from seizing civilian vessels.

The plan, which is still in the early stages, would involve deploying US troops or contractors to protect commercial ships in the strait. The strait is a narrow waterway that connects the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Oman, and it is a major shipping route for oil exports.

Iran has seized several commercial ships in recent years, and it has threatened to seize more. The US military is concerned that Iran could use the strait to disrupt global oil supplies.

The plan to put armed personnel on commercial ships is an unprecedented move. The US has never done this before, even during the 1980s, when the strait was a major flashpoint in the Iran-Iraq War.

The plan has been met with mixed reactions. Some experts believe that it is a necessary step to deter Iran from seizing more ships. Others worry that it could escalate tensions between the US and Iran.

The US military is still considering the plan, and it is not clear if it will be implemented. However, the move shows that the US is serious about protecting commercial shipping in the strait.

In addition to the military option, the US is also considering diplomatic options to resolve the crisis. The US government has been in talks with Iran about how to de-escalate tensions in the strait. The US government is also trying to work with the United Nations to put pressure on Iran to release the seized ships.

The crisis in the Strait of Hormuz is a serious threat to global oil supplies. The US is taking steps to protect commercial shipping in the strait, and it is also working diplomatically to resolve the crisis.

Aimen Jamil
Aimen Jamil's intellectual curiosity lies at the intersection of Middle East and Pakistan Foreign Policy.

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